Department of Public Safety
The Newark campus is committed to providing a safe environment for students, faculty staff and visitors. Report crimes or suspicious activity by dialing 740-366-9237. Always dial 9-1-1 in emergencies. Additional contact information, including local law enforcement agencies, is listed at the bottom of our homepage. Register for Buckeye Alerts and campus notices to receive the most up-to-date crime information.
The Department of Public Safety works closely with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies regarding the reporting and investigation of crime. University security works in conjunction with Newark Police Department through a mutual aid agreement. We encourage accurate and prompt reporting of all crimes to the appropriate agency.
You are the first line of defense, the eyes and ears watching out for the safety of Ohio State. All of us must take responsibility for our own safety and assist those around us. See something, say something! Report the unusual or suspicious by dialing 9-1-1. Please report power outages to maintenance (740-366-9363) or Security (740-366-9237).
Campus Escort Service
The Newark Campus Safety Escort Program is for students, faculty or staff feeling unsafe walking alone. A campus security officer will accompany you and ensure that you are protected to your destination on campus. Arrangements can be made in advance or on the spot. From a campus phone, dial 6-9237 to contact one of our officers. From a public phone, call 366-9237. The service is provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
How to Respond to an Active Aggressor Situation
Finding yourself in an active aggressor situation can cause extreme panic and disorientation. But if you know what to do ahead of time, your chances of surviving this type of emergency situation are greatly increased. Learn more.
Crime and Safety Information
Fire Log: no fires to report at this time.
Campus Public Safety Contact Information
Emergency Cancellation Number
Public Safety Office Information
Warner Center, Room 105
Newark Campus Emergency Contact Information
Public Safety Services - 740-366-9237
Emergency - Police/Fire/Medical - 911
State Highway Patrol - 740-587-0786
Licking County Sheriff - 740-670-6555
Poison Control Center - 800-222-1222
Additional Safety Resources
The OASIS Program provides pamphlets and information regarding rape education, safety tips and personal security. During each quarter, open forums are scheduled for the above items to make all students aware of their availability. In addition, each subject matter will be submitted to the Newark Campus: "This Week in Student Life" publication.
Sexual Offenders are required to notify the sheriff of the county in which they will reside in accordance with the Ohio Revised Code, Section 2950.04.
For a complete listing of offenders in Licking County please click here.
For your convenience, we have provided links to the sex offender pages of Sheriff's departments in neighboring counties.
Background Checks/Fingerprinting Services
These services are available to Ohio State Newark students, Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) students, and perspective COTC students applying for specific academic programs. Individuals requesting these services must first pay the required fee online or at Fees & Deposits*; then return to the Public Safety office with the receipt and a valid driver's license or state ID. Background checks can be completed anytime between 7:30 a.m. and 10 p.m. daily (including weekends) as long as the student has paid the required fees. Call 740-366-9237 for more information.
Click here for required fees and online quick pay.
*See Fees & Deposits for office hours
Lockers may be rented from the Recreation Sports during the year for individuals to secure their belongings.
Contact Recreation Sports at 740-366-9245.